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Young Man (look at my life)

by Michael Bonanno & Friends

Baby boomer music for those who miss and want rock as it was rendered in the late '60s and early '70s.
Genre: Rock: Retro-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Denial
Michael Bonanno
4:02 $0.99
2. Eyes
Michael Bonanno
3:15 $0.99
3. In the Land of the Free
Michael Bonanno
4:06 $0.99
4. Joe Hill
Michael Bonanno
3:04 $0.99
5. No Man's Land
Michael Bonanno
6:43 $0.99
6. My Lost Love
Leyna Bonanno
4:32 $0.99
7. Today
Michael Bonanno
3:07 $0.99
8. Shock and Awe
Michael Bonanno
5:19 $0.99
9. Blackwater Bullies
Michael Bonanno
3:34 $0.99
10. Storm Front
Michael Bonanno
5:42 $0.99
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Album Notes
Neil Young is 64 years old. In 2006, he saw what Cheney’s Regime was doing to America and its Constitution and, although he is Canadian, he needed to speak out. That’s when he released his CD Living With War.

It’s also when he became involved in setting up the web site Living With War Today(http://www.neilyoung.com/lwwtoday/lwwsongspage.html).

There was a concern at the time that no one was writing music to address the crimes that were being committed by The Regime. Young’s Living With War Today web site put that concern to rest as over 3,000 songs protesting the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were published on that site. Two songs from Michael Bonanno’s album Flameland, “Casey’s Song” and “Soldiers Of Peace”, were part of that list.

Michael Bonanno just turned 60. He was in his twenties when four students were needlessly and, without provocation, gunned down at Kent State University, simply because they were protesting the fact that Americans were being forced to go to Vietnam to fight a war that made no sense and was also illegal. Michael saw the same things that Young saw, but Young was fortunate enough to have his music played throughout the world. Although Michael was writing music and poetry which pointed to the zeitgeist of the time; the continuous slaughter in Vietnam; those who attempted to keep the Jim Crowe laws in place, thus stopping people of color from enjoying all of the freedom’s that America has to offer; lies told by Presidents Johnson and Nixon; the assassinations of prominent people who spoke out against these injustices such as Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., he was not fortunate enough to receive the support needed for his words to be heard.

Age enters into these album notes to show that, like Young’s passion for peace and justice, Michael’s passion has followed him throughout his life and has never diminished. This is why Michael took Young’s song “Old Man” and turned it around in titling his latest CD.

In Young’s original recording of “Old Man”, Young tells the old man that “I’m a lot like you were.” Young noted in the song that he was 24, but knew that there would be “so much more” happening in his future.

He was right and he’s still writing about it. However, although Michael never gained Young’s stature or prominence, he’s never stopped writing about the injustices in the world.

When Michael was a young man, he hoped that people would hear his words and he hoped that he could add his voice, in a way in which it would be heard, to the voices speaking out against social injustice.

It’s no longer about gaining the kind of fame that Neil Young gained and especially not about making money. Michael has always had an innate need to write about what he sees and how he feels about it. He does this as a contributing editor at OpEdNews, as a published poet and as a songwriter.

Young Man is an invitation to the crowd that’s been intercepted by consumerism to become activists for peace and justice while the world becomes the possession of its wealthiest inhabitants. There is a so-called activist movement today, but the world needs one that actually stands for something, something positive and something that will help humanity, not just human beings.

Young Man isn’t only about social injustice. Michael has always liked writing songs about romantic relationships as well. He’s especially excited that his daughter, Leyna, shares this CD with her father. Leyna Bonanno wrote “My Lost Love” and performs it beautifully on this album.

Another song of romance and hope is “Today”, a song Michael wrote for his oldest daughter, Jessica, and performed at her wedding.

“Eyes” is dedicated to Tina, Michael’s wife , who's the main reason for Young Man’s outstanding album art.

The rest of the CD deals with issues that concern all of us. “In The Land Of The Free” is a song about the gung-ho outlook that many young members of the military seem to carry with them into war. There’s reference to torture in “In The Land Of The Free”, but there’s more than a reference to reality in the song as well.

“Denial” might be as close as Michael will ever get to RAP or spoken songs. It is, in fact, a spoken song. Deny is also what the government of what Michael notes is the Former United States of America seems to do best.

There are some songs that have been recorded throughout the years that Michael has always loved to sing, for one reason or another. One of the songs was covered on his album From The Heart. It’s the Ronettes song “Be My Baby”.

Another song that Michael loves to sing is “Joe Hill”, a song written in 1936 in support of the American labor movement. Joan Baez sang it at Woodstock and it has stuck with Michael since 1969. There is not only no labor movement in America today, there seems to be an almost aggressive anti-labor movement. Even workers make excuses for the Corporatists in America. Those who work for the private sector complain that those who work for the government are overcompensated. Many non-union workers complain that union workers, even in the private sector, such as the automobile industry, are overcompensated.

“Joe Hill” barely touches on what the early labor movement in The United States had to go through to get such luxuries as the eight hour day, but it does touch on it. Michael includes “Joe Hill” in Young Man in the hopes that those who are complaining that the multimillionaires are paying union workers too much will see the real problem, the Corporatists and multimillionaires who pay private sector workers too little. That is, of course, if the multimillionaires are kind enough to Americans to keep their jobs in America. Hopefully, a light will shine upon American workers and those workers, instead of defending those who are keeping them down, will rise up once again and demand what is rightfully theirs.

Young Man contains the fewest number of songs written solely by Michael Bonanno. “Joe Hill” and “My Lost Love” have already been mentioned. Michael also worked with two extremely talented lyricists on the CD.

Englishman Jamie Redhead wrote some outrageous lyrics for “No Man’s Land”, “Shock And Awe” and “Storm Front”. These lyrics are filled with passion and Michael insists that putting music to them was a labor of love.

Michael worked with Jim Bush on Lights Over The Bar in putting music to Bush’s “Crossroad Bridge #3” lyrics and does the same with “Blackwater Bullies” on Young Man. “Crossroad Bridge #3” was poetry written in free verse and it was a challenge for Michael, one that he met successfully. “Blackwater Bullies”, which tries to psychologically explain why people would do what those who work for mercenary corporations such as the corporation formerly known as Blackwater, lends itself to country rock and Michael had fun filling out the song.

Whether or not Young Man sells a lot of copies or songs from the CD are prolifically downloaded, Michael still hopes that someone - anyone - who listens will act.

Michael thanks Rights Flow, Inc. for helping him obtain mechanical licenses for “Old Man” and “Joe Hill”.



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